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after cruising through confirmation in the senate. president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. former senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran, took heavy fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a -- a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> let the record show you refuse to answer that question. >> reporter: he was hammered by gop senators who said he was too tough on israel. and soft on iran. he was grilled about referring to pro-israeli groups at the jewish lobby. >> i am sorry. >> reporter: he talked about the nuclear weapons of iran. >> i misstated. i've just been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. >> reporter: despite the bruising hearing, he's still likely to be confirmed. if so, he'll be the first defense secretary that saw combat as an enlis
was upstairs the whole time freaked me out. >> the pentagon revealed served in the marine reserve and flew helicopters as an army warrant officer. >> more now on the officers who died in the line of duty. the first in the history of the santa cruz police department. sargeant loweren butch baker was nearing retirement. he leaves behind a wife two, daughters and a son who is a community service officer with the department right now. sargeant baker helped train the current police chief. >> he was a remarkable investigator, had an appetite to find the truth and i would go as far as to say he was the most-skilled investigator with my police department. we're going to miss him. >> detective butler had been with the police department 10 years. the chief says she found her niche in the investigation of sexual assault cases. >> i would consider elizabeth to be a friend. she leaves behind her partner, peter and two young boys. the boys are five and one. >> governor jerry brownish you'd a statement honoring the fallen officers sayingá?zíw quoe it is with deep sadness we honor the bravery of the off
more about the pentagon. saying, quote, if confirmed i intend to know a lot more than i do. jonathan carl, abc news, the white house. >> not a great performance, as you heard. even from people who will vote for him or like him or fellow democrats, you know, who may vote for him. little more critical about the nation's military. does a person not have a right to go into a slaughterhouse and change their opinion on red meat? >> of course. >> republicans say this guy is further left than president obama. republicans are skittish about his nomination. >> people are saying though his performance, well he was really under fire. so i think anyone in that hot seat may not do his or her best they're saying he likely will be confirmed i suspect. >> it is going to be a bumpy ride. >>> in related news, secretary of state hillary clinton leaving office officially today after sounding a warning about civil war in syria. at a sort of exit interview, clinton accused iran of playing an increasingly prominent role directing violence in syria and says that only raises chances of a wider conflict in the
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